Favourite Cookery Books and The Big Curry – April 2012


Last weekend’s Saturday Telegraph magazine had an article devoted to Tamasin Day Lewis who is a cook I really admire – her recipes always work and taste utterly delicious.  Ironically I first came across her when we lived in New Zealand and I bought “The Art of the Tart” which is the most mouthwatering of books and since then I have found “Simply The Best” in a superb second hand bookshop:

I am now on the quest for “Tamasin’s Kitchen Bible” which is fearsomely expensive and I am sure someone somewhere has a good second hand copy they would like to sell!  Everything about her books is a joy; the paper, the typeface, the way the recipes are set out and, above else, the absolutely wonderful photographs.  I also like the fact that a lot of them are published by Cassell & Co and they have really nice dust jackets.

Thinking of food – we are gearing up to hosting and organising a “Big Curry” for the Soldier’s Charity (The Army Benevolent Fund) – with our eldest son destined for the Army within 18 months we feel more determined than ever to raise as much money as we possibly can.  “The Big Curry” is held every year, the event can be whatever you would like it to be, but it must have a curry theme and it must be held in April.  Last year we decided it had outgrown our house and home and we held it in the local village hall; it was a huge success and it meant we could invite many more people – this year we are planning a Spot the Chilli competition and a devilish Army Quiz with a Curry Theme… looking forward to it already!

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